|Bear Creek Spire
An excellent scramble on solid granite, with spectacular views along the summit ridge.
Start at the low point on the ridge (Peppermint Pass) and follow its crest, at first low angle, pass the large tower on the left and begin to climb steeper rock, using whatever weakness you can find, generally stay left of the ridge itself (which is soon joined by the North Arete). Below the summit ridge the rock is quite steep and you may want to use a rope. Gain the summit ridge and follow it to the required summit mantle.
From Dade Lake hike across benches and perhaps snow then more benches up to Peppermint Pass.
Descend down Class 4 rocks on the West side to sand, follow left of the north ridge then cut over it eastwards and down snow/scree and steps back to Dade Lake.
Solo or rope and small rack for the upper section.
Mar 5, 2007
One of my favorite routes in the Sierras....
From: Oakland, CA
Sep 23, 2008
Absolutely, positively, undeniably classic.
Jul 18, 2009
climbed this last week, phenomenal. did some 5.7 up high, last 5 pitches roped and stayed on the ridge. some steep snow and exciting talus for sure, ice axe handy for decent. the 4th class ridge, some 2/3 of the route had at least a 5.2 move on it... overhanging reach to ledge bellyflop with dirt and detritus...
|By Hamik Mukelyan|
From: Pasadena, CA
Aug 26, 2012
This is a really cool route to do in winter. No ice or whatever, but the scenery is pretty sweet (see photo)
From: Las Vegas, NV
Sep 3, 2013
There are two ways to approach Dade lake. Option 1: You can take a climbers trail to the right just after Long Lake and follow the obvious path to the upper Treasure Lakes, then, I recommend gaining the ridge to the left, navigate through the greenery and follow this to Dade Lake. Option 2: You can follow the Morgan Pass trail to the lower Treasure Lake and head up the talus to gain Dade Lake. Option 2 is MUCH easier. We humped packs up Option 1 and down Option 2. If going overnight, I feel the best option is to camp at Chicken Foot Lake and go light up the talus sections. If you don't mind the talus and chose to overnight at Dade, we found the water in Dade to be very buggy without a filter. We were able to get much clearer water flowing out of the lake.